How to Take a Mekong Delta Cruise from Ho Chi Minh

The Mekong River in Vietnam is the longest river of Southeast Asia and offers the best cruising facility. Also, the flow of the river holds catchy waterways and floating markets. The Mekong Delta is the place known as the “rice bowl” of Vietnam. Also, the river is considered as the River of the Nine Dragons. The river has covered area of 15,000 square-metre (3.7 acres) deltas and offers a base ground for several riverside villages, verdant forests, swamps, and rice field.

Why Take a Delta Cruise?

The Mekong Delta Cruise stops at various points and the cruise may take various stops as Ben Tre, My Tho, or Cai Be. These places are about two hours away from the city. When you arrive at the departure point of the cruise, jump on a wooden boat that takes you on a cruise bypassing the scenic canals of Mekong River. Here, all the way long, you will enjoy the beautiful views of floating markets, fish farms, temples, and colonial structures.

Mekong Delta Cruise also, helps you to understand the candy making at a local factory. Majority of the cruise staff speaks in English and guide you at every stop. Also, they provide you with much useful information and thorough look at regional lifestyle, culture, and costumes. While moving through the cruise, you can wear lightweight and comfortable clothes. Never forget to apply sunscreen to block the entry of sun rays into your skin. Keep yourself hydrated if you are visiting in hot sunshine. A complete tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta takes 9 to 12 hours.

Fare for the Mekong Delta Cruise

The prices are depending on the season you pick and type of tour operators. Overall, the Saigon River Express tour costs around 2,500,000 VND. The trip covers breakfast, lunch, unlimited drinks, and fruits. Also, there are English speaking guides, and the organizer arranges to pick up and drop off to hotels and pays entry fees.

Types of Cruises

There are multiple options available for Mekong Delta Day Cruise that is a great option for travellers to explore traditional destinations across the Ho Chi Minh City. When you move from Ho Chi Minh to Mekong Delta via Cruise, you will witness the unique countryside beauty, relax on the boat, interact with locals, and taste the local food.

• Day Cruises

Although you have less time to spend in Vietnam, you can visit the Mekong Delta using day cruise. This tour requires a day which starts from Ho Chi Minh City and ends to Mekong Delta River. Here, you can take snaps of wildlife when you sail through the Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve. Mekong Delta day cruise is a chance to collect some personalized experiences.

• Multi-day cruises

Here, you can blend yourself in local lifestyle, culture, and food as well. You will get a chance to spend a night in a typical village of Mekong. Here, you can take a cruise and cover the nearby islands and villages using a motorbike. It makes your tour perfect, and here you can take motorbike through rice fields, cooking classes, or visit local handicraft factories.

If you are planning to take Mekong Delta Cruise, carry comfy shoes, sunscreen, water bottles, and mosquito repellents.
Types of Cruise Number of Cabins
Mekong Eyes Explorer 16 Cabins
Mekong Eyes Classic 14 Cabins
Private Dragon Eyes 2 Luxurious Cabins
Gecko Eyes Houseboat 1 Cabin

The Schedule of Mekong Delta Cruise

Route: Can Tho – Cai Be – Tan Phong islet (#1704a)
Duration: 2 days
Departure: Daily  
Depart point: Can Tho

Day 1

Route: Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho

•  Start journey at 7.00 – 7.30 am from your hotel transfer by shuttle bus to Can Tho
•  Embark the cruise vessel and check in at 11.30 am
•  Panorama cruise and lunch on board at 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm
•  Excursion with our guide, walk in orchards and small villages at 4.00 pm
•  Back to the board, refreshment, and sunset on the top deck at 5.30 pm
•  Dinner and overnight on board at 7.00 pm
•  Rest in the quiet and the fresh after dinner

Day 2:

Route: Can Tho – Tan Phong islet – Ho Chi Minh City

•  Morning cruise and morning tea break on board at 6.30 am
•  Check-out of cabin, explore the small canals of Tan Phong islet, visit nearby points at 8.00 am
•  Ride a local bike or walk around village resided in the Mekong canals 10.00 am
•  End of the tour get on the shuttle bus and drive back to your hotel in Saigon at 11.00 am
•  Stop for lunch in the Mekong Rest stop 12.00 noon
•  Reach to the hotel in the city center at 3.30 pm – 4.00 pm:

The best time to travel Mekong Delta Cruise is the dry season which starts in November and ends in April. From November to January is the best time to do Mekong river cruise as during this, there is not much heat.
- Last updated on Apr. 21, 2021 -